Incident at Stroud Cemetery
Stroud Town Council is working closely with Gloucestershire Police following a serious sexual assault at Stroud Cemetery.
Investigating officers are keen to hear from anyone who was in the Bisley Road area between 9pm and 11pm on Saturday, May 7.
The community policing team is increasing their patrols of the area, including throughout the night.
It is hoped that footage from Town Council-funded CCTV cameras at the former cemetery chapels will help in the investigation.
"Our thoughts are with the woman who experienced this horrific attack and we have given our full support to the police," said Stroud Mayor, Councillor Stella Parkes.
"We understand that such an incident will spark concerns in the community and we are pleased that the community policing team are responding to those worries and increasing their patrols in the area.
"We would encourage people who have concerns to make use of the variety of support that is available to ensure they feel safe."
Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Gloucestershire offers a range of support for those impacted by sexual assault and rape including a self referral service and a helpline: https://www.glosrasac.org/accessing-support/#referral
The Flare app from Gloucestershire Police is aimed at women and girls and encourages them to anonymously report incidents of intimidating or criminal behaviour so hotspots can be identified: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/police-forces/gloucestershire-constabulary/areas/gloucestershire/services/flare-app/flare-app/
The Strut Safe app is available 7pm – 3am over the weekends and allows you to have someone on the phone with you whilst you make a lone journey: https://www.strutsafe.org/
"Remember you can dial 101 for anything non-urgent that you may have witnessed and to call 999 if you feel under immediate threat," said Councillor Parkes.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to provide this to officers online by completing the following form and quoting incident 126 of 11 May: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/
You can also call police on 101 or give information anonymously to independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or online https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
Posted: Sat, 14 May 2022 08:17 by Helen Bojaniwska